ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT: Kenya occupies a special place in the heart of gourmet coffee lovers the world over. Straddling the equator, the production areas benefit from high altitudes and rich volcanic soils, and are blessed with a coffee culture and system which promotes and rewards quality. Kenyan coffees are sought as both a single origin offering, as well as a quality-improving blend component.
This outstanding lot of Kenya AA coffee comes from Karatina in the Nyeri District, in the southern part of the famous Mt. Kenya. It is part of the Barichu Cooperative Society with about 1,450 small scale farmers. The cherries are fully washed with fresh river water from Ragati river and sundried on raised beds.
Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society is located in Mathira East Sub-County in Nyeri County. It is currently composed of four "factories" or washing stations: Karatina, Karindundu, Gaturiri and Gatomboya. It was registered in October 1996 under Cooperative Development and Coffee Board of Kenya. It has 5,800 registered members and produces 3 million - 5 million Kilos of coffee. Barichu works to give the farmers credit facilities for school fees, farm input and other emergencies. Their goal is to help educate farmers on crop husbandry and other agricultural practices important to the coffee. They have a demonstration plot financed by Tropical Management and house a nursery which serves the whole society providing matured seedlings to help reduce drops in production/income for farmers.
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